Battle of Tippecanoe Monument

On a day in early November of 1811, American Indians fighting for their independence in the young Indiana Territory were dealt a crushing defeat on this land just north and a bit east of what is now Lafayette. Many Shawnee had settled in the area, which made white settlers nervous, and tensions began to mount. Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison brought his army nearby; Tecumseh and his brother the Prophet led Shawnee forces in an ill-fated attack against them. Both sides suffered many casualties, but ultimately Harrison’s army drove the Shawnee out of the region.

On a day in early April of 2007, my sons and I stopped at the battle site, which is now a park with this 1908 monument as its centerpiece. My youngest son lingered here, solemnly reading the plaques on each side which counted the American dead and noted the number of Indian dead simply as “unknown.”

My sons and I also like to visit my alma mater for its annual homecoming bonfire. It’s a monster! Check out photos from this year and last year.


6 responses to “Captured: Battle of Tippecanoe Monument”

  1. vanilla Avatar

    Battleground is a great place to visit with the children. Your photo of the monument is much better than mine; should put yours in my album! I guess that’s a function of 1) “eye” and 2) equipment.

    1. Jim Avatar

      David, thanks! The biggest reason this shot turned out was that the sky was blue and the leaves had barely begun to bud, leaving an unobstructed view. Other than that, I just centered the monument and pressed the button.

  2. X-Evolutionist Avatar

    Hi Jim, I came by to read your post about God. I’ll be back to read it when you post it. X

    1. Jim Avatar

      Sorry for the confusion about that — I accidentally hit the Post button before I finished writing. Look for that post to appear next week!

  3. Todd Pack Avatar

    I think it’s good for kids to visit battlefield monuments. When you’re a kid, it’s hard to imagine what people went through 150, 200 years ago.

    1. Jim Avatar

      True. My youngest son seemed pretty affected by the monument.

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